NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Danielle Herrington made her debut in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2017. A year later, she has claimed its coveted cover.

Sports Illustrated revealed the cover of its 55th installment Tuesday on SI.com and social media with a video featuring former SI swimsuit cover model Tyra Banks sharing the news with a surprised and emotional Herrington, whose photos were shot in the Bahamas.

2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

Danielle Herrington appears on the cover of the 2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

“This year we are so proud to elevate Danielle Herrington’s profile,” said SI swimsuit editor MJ Day. “She is a fresh face, beautiful inside and out, and a hard-working, grounded woman who will be a beacon to many younger girls who can see themselves in her.”

Added Herrington: “Two of my role models are Tyra Banks and Beyoncé, so the fact that I get to join this incredible group of women as I become the third black model on the cover of SI Swimsuit is a dream come true. I am so excited to be part of this iconic brand that has long given identity and voice to women of all shapes, colors and beliefs. I hope that young girls who look at this cover are inspired to dream as big as I did and work hard to attain all their goals.”

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